Take Time Off

Most of us need time off to recharge the batteries, clear our minds, and get energized.  Taking time off to wind down will help you avoid job burnout and health issues. But having a healthy work/life balance can be a struggle for many of us.  

5 benefits of taking time off from work:

  1. Breaks can make you more Productive. Even short weekend getaways can provide significant relief from work-related stress. You’ll feel way more productive when you return to work on Monday after a weekend of rest and relaxation. 
  2. Time off can stimulate Creativity.  A relaxing, fun time away from the office can make us more inventive, and it gives us the ability to think outside the box.  Nature, in particular, relieves attention fatigue and increases creativity.
  3. You’ll gain a better Work/Life Balance. Take time off to enjoy your hobbies and interests, and make sure you schedule them into your weekly routine.  Studies show that art and music therapies improve mindfulness and helps to lower anxiety and depression.  And physical activities (especially in nature) relieve stress and clear the mind.
  4. You’ll rekindle Relationships. It’s imperative to your mental health to work on your personal relationships. Allow yourself to take a day off to walk in the woods, visit a waterfall in your area, do some geocaching, or go on a trip with your partner, friends, or relatives. You’ll be glad you did.
  5. You will Reset Yourself Mentally. When you overwork, your brain starts to push back. Ideas that once flowed don’t and tasks that you should be able to perform quickly become difficult. Give your brain, and yourself, some rest.

Your mind needs time to process experiences, regenerate, and make those connections you’re looking for. Take some time off, enjoy the scenery, do what you enjoy, and rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. 

Written by Blog Contributor: Holly Lynn Gibbons

It’s very refreshing to go away and take a break, to clear your head, and just get into something else.” –  Francois Nars